Resistance bands are a well-known essential for fitness on the move. But did you know that they can also make for a high-end work-out? These four moves will show you that resistance bands mean business.
Control is essential for resistance band use. That means effort on the return as well as on the stretch. Don’t let the band snap you back. Take charge of it.
On the subject of snaps – a broken band can cause a muscle strain or even an eye injury. Make sure that yours are up to these tougher moves.
Don’t worry about counting reps – set a target time and work through it.
This variant on a push-up will work that upper body.
Get into your pushup position with the band across your back. Place your palms over the band ends, leaving no slack. With back straight and head in line, push up until your arms are straight. Lower yourself under control, stopping when your upper arms are in line with the floor.
No weights? No problem.
Tuck the band under your feet. Bend at the waist with palms facing inwards, one end of the band in each hand. Tighten abs and raise yourself to upright using core muscles. Arms stay by sides and back must be straight. Lower yourself and repeat.
Anyone who has ever started a petrol mower will recognise this move!
Place one foot in front of the other and tuck the band under that foot. Grab the band with one hand, place the other on the forward thigh. Keep your head up and back straight, bend at the waist. Now pull until your hand is at your hip, and control the band on the return.
Finish with a resistance squat, paying attention to proper squat form. Stand on the band with feet shoulder width apart, making sure the band is an even height in your hands. Start with your hands at head height and facing forward. Then begin your squats, controlling the resistance as you lower yourself.
There are dozens more ways to use the resistance band – so keep one handy!
I use the bands sometimes and I assure you that they do indeed make you work! I steer clear of the celeb-advertised ones and buy from the gym to be safe.
I use these occasionally and they are good hard work. It is indeed hard to know if you are getting value for money, having a thick one snap would not be good.
prices seem to vary hugely on them. I bought one for a fiver and it's been fine for me!
I've mostly seen it with girls, but I've also seen tougher workouts that incorporate bands. The point about using quality bands is important, the market-stall variety might not be a good idea for more strain as I would hate to be hit by one.
Not something I often see guys using. is this a girl thing?